Chelsea academy product Dujon Sterling travelled to the Hawthorns with the first team, and Sterling has now spent much time of recent with Antonio Conte’s squad, due to the injury absence of Victor Moses.
The 18-year-old made his debut in the Carabao Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, replacing Davide Zappacosta in the 76th minute, and this week signed a new four-and-a-half year contract at the club.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website in the build-up to our midweek European action against Qarabag, Sterling said: “I’m over the moon to sign a new deal at Chelsea.
“I think the club have rewarded me for my performances in the last year, winning the FA Youth Cup and doing well.”
Sterling signed for our Academy as an Under-8 after coming through the development centre programme, and he reflected fondly on his maiden first team appearance, as he told the official Chelsea website: “It was probably the best day of my life so far. Coming on at Stamford Bridge was an unbelievable feeling, the fans were great and the recognition from the crowd and fans on social media afterwards was so positive.
“Working regularly with the first team has been a good experience for me. It’s a stepping stone to help me become comfortable working with these players week in, week out, which is my ultimate goal. Victor [Moses] and Davide [Zappacosta] are always talking to me, giving me good advice. Everyone just tells me to keep expressing myself, don’t be shy and keep doing the stuff that has got me noticed.”